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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

Product Description
Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Writers' Cafe / From the South?
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:09:08 AM »
If you're from the southern US and spend time on facebook, I've started a private group, jut for us!
Writers of the South (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2436453336578992/?ref=bookmarks )
I hope you'll join us. I for one know there is a different way things are looked at from down here, and sometimes it's nice to talk to others who experience the same thing...
You know: 'gator is a real word, ice tea is always sweet, and craker isn't just a flat salty food!

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Writers' Cafe / What's a girl to do?
« on: December 27, 2017, 04:41:02 PM »
I've been working on taking my current series (2) out of KDP select and putting them on D2D. So far that feels like a smart move.
But now I'm getting ready to launch a new series and wondering if I should put it in select for the first 90 days and then go wide with it.
Any opinions?

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Writers' Cafe / Planning ahead
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:57:26 PM »
December 1st and (don't ask me why) I I've started thinking about goal setting for 2018. How many of you write done your goals and set concrete timelines? (I think I was procrastinating on the billing, letting my mind wander, lol)

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Writers' Cafe / Fancy formating for windows?
« on: November 01, 2017, 05:40:53 PM »
sorry if this has come up...
Is there anything out there in the same class as Vellum only for window/word?

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Writers' Cafe / Select:All in? How Long?
« on: October 23, 2017, 06:06:02 AM »
I have a decision to make about the books I have in KDP Select. How long do I keep the books in? If they are part of a series should I keep all of them in? I have been debating taking out the first few books and going wide with them, keeping the newest in for 6 months or so and then going wide with them, as I add new books to the series.  My pages read are not consistent. Yes they pick up after a promo, but then they start to rapidly decline again. Of course just because I'm saying this, they'll pick back up, lol.
Any suggestions or past experience?

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Writers' Cafe / A break from the Serious Side
« on: July 22, 2017, 08:49:45 AM »
:) Something a little light-hearted for a Saturday...
We all hear  about an author or artist having a muse. Do you have one?
Stephan King describes his as a cigar chewing little man in the basement...how would you describe yours, and does it come "on command" or does it take you by surprise?

I swear mine is like Tinker Bell with a bad attitude. And instead of pixie dust, she throws feather pen quills at me, jabbing me until I pay attention. She is not a well behaved muse, nope she has a mind and agenda all her own, and it never seems to jibe with my schedule.

So what about that muse?

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Writers' Cafe / Templates for book formating
« on: July 21, 2017, 04:32:30 AM »
 Has anyone used Joel Friedlander's Book Design Templates    http://www.bookdesigntemplates.com/
If so, what did you think of it?

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Writers' Cafe / Book teaches & makes me laugh at the same time
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:53:23 AM »
I've given up listening to the radio while driving-too irritating, too many commercials!
Instead I'm listening to books, mostly no-fiction/writing/craft books.
Currently I listening to Write, Publish, Repeat by Johnny Truant, Sean Platt & David Wright. Great common sense info and even better not dry! I've been laughing my way through all 24 chapters and highly recommend this book! Especially for a newbie.
What books have benefited your writing journey? Do you do audio?

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Writers' Cafe / It's like your birthday & Christmas rolled in one!
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:08:33 AM »
I'm so giddy I could dance! I just opened my mail and there it was...my book-in print!!!
Yes, it was written 4 years ago, and should be a little worn and dusty, but it feel like a new release. And so different that seeing it on Amazon (which is pretty exciting too).

I used Amazon's program, and after only a few new wrinkles, got everything formatted. It wasn't too bad, even for someone not tech savvy. I plan on doing the others as well!
Had to share with someone who would "get it", thanks! Now we can all go back to writing ;)


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Writers' Cafe / Airing out the Cabin! Last chance before role-call!
« on: June 04, 2017, 05:25:01 AM »
I've gotten the notice from Camp NaNo, so I've opened the doors to the cabin once again. Figured I would do it early to let it air out from our last camp out (someone spilt the wine in the corner-wonder who?).
Already getting campers signing up, so pack your gear and lets spend the month of July cranking out a new novel!
Plan on lots of posts, not always about writing, support, and fun! ;)

bumping- we still have room for 4

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Writers' Cafe / Cabin openings!
« on: March 29, 2017, 12:02:54 PM »
MY BAD!  I thought there was only room for 12 in a private NaNo cabin. But there are 19 bunks to fill. Sooooo...We still have a few openings if anyone is looking for a place to lay their head for Camp NaNo

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Writers' Cafe / Let me be the first to invite you!
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:16:04 PM »
I haven't been around here much-that pesty thing called life keeps getting in the way, lol
But I do enjoy doing the NaNo camps and have made so great friends in our cabins.
I've opened up my cabin and would like to welcome the first 10 people in (already have 1)
We chat, whine, and encourage so come on in and pick a bunk!

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Writers' Cafe / Now what?
« on: June 24, 2016, 04:43:58 AM »
I just pushed the publish button on book #5 in the Citrus Beach series. But now I'm at a loss about what to do next. After see the post about a KDP account being shut down for too many borrows, I'm hesitant to promote.
Does anyone have sites that they feel are "safe" other than bb?

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Writers' Cafe / Cabin for July Camp NaNo has been opened!
« on: June 11, 2016, 07:03:01 PM »
In case you missed EvenStar's Question, yes the cabin is open again for Camp NaNo.  8)   If you're interested go to NaNa first and register yourself and your project. Then contact me with your registration name and I'll send you an invite. Great advice, encouragement and lasting friendships have all come from the cabins in the past. Remember this is no kiddy camp, and we may indulge in a glass of wine or two! ;)

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Writers' Cafe / 1/2 Way Mark
« on: April 15, 2016, 12:50:15 PM »
For all of you doing Camp NaNo, today is the halfway mark.
Hope everyone is doing well and reaching their goals! Or at least getting in some words in the attempt.
Me, I just passed the 1/2 mark in my goal of 50,000. But now is not the time to slack off-it seems that something always gets thrown at me in the last week to mess up my schedule.
Care to check in and let us know how you're surviving, or post an tips for the rest of us to benefit from? ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Camp Time!
« on: March 01, 2016, 08:11:04 PM »
I got my camp NaNo email today-I can't believe it's that time again! :o
I've set up a private cabin. It you are interested, let me know.
You have to set up your project before I can send an invite, and I will need to know your user name.
We've had some great times in our past cabins, lots of chatter and encouragement, and some good laughs, too. ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Dream come true for this scrivener user
« on: February 19, 2016, 03:40:03 PM »
Finally!
I got a email from pro-writing aid that they now have a way to edit your work in scrivener. I downloaded and tried and I'm thrilled. This seems like it will be so much easier than exporting the doc into word and then using pro writer. I thought I would share the link for anyone who might be interested-know there are a lot of scrivener users out there. Hope it helps someone out!  ;D
https://prowritingaid.com/en/App/Desktop

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Writers' Cafe / Ugh, big drop
« on: February 07, 2016, 03:01:32 PM »
Looks like the tank is running on fumes! For the last 7-10 days my pages read have dropped from 500-800 a day, some days a lot higher, down to 0-30 pages.
Who just reads 5 or 10 pages at a time?
Not sure what is going on, but it's concerning :(
Okay, now that my whining is over, is anyone else seeing a drastic or sudden drop in their sales or pages read?

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Writers' Cafe / Relief!
« on: December 28, 2015, 04:38:50 AM »
The first of Dec. I released the first book in a new series, and I was very unsure of myself. It was a new genre and something I'd thought about writing for a long time. I came to you all, and my nerves were calmed and my hand was held.
Yesterday I got my first review and I thought I would share it, and thank you again for the support that was there when I needed it  :-*

Must Read
By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Do your self a favor, curl up with your favorite blanket and choice of beverage and lose yourself in this great story. I wanted to live in this town and adopt the characters as my own neighbors,etc. I can't wait for the next book.

And the reader gave me 5 stars! 

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Writers' Cafe / Will switching "voices" switch style?
« on: December 12, 2015, 12:26:11 PM »
For those of you that write in the first person, I have a few questions..
Do you write in 3rd person in any other works, and if you do is it frustrating to go from one to another.
I'm outlining a new series and I think it would be perfect if told in the 1st person. But I've never written in this voice before, well not for over 20 years, and I'm not sure if doing 1st voice will change my writing methods. Or maybe I should and challenge myself to try something total different.
I guess I'm looking for your thoughts on how it works out for your writing. ::)

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Writers' Cafe / A Sigh of relief...
« on: December 07, 2015, 06:25:01 PM »
At the beginning of the month I released a new book in a new series in a new genera. At the time I was full of self doubt and came to you for a little hand holding and encouragement. Many of you came to my aid, and I have to admit I felt much better. You all are the best!
And today I received an email that made me feel that following my heart was the correct path. I thought I'd share, okay brag, this with you. And thank you again for the support and help that I know I can always count on.

Subject
Sister Station
Message
I just wanted to let you know I finished your book. I can't wait til the next one. You made the sisters and the whole town come alive. The type of place I would love to visit or live in. Thank you for your story and I look forward to reading more of your work. God bless and Merry Christmas

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Writers' Cafe / Anyone heard of them?
« on: November 26, 2015, 11:50:30 AM »
I received the following email today...wondering if anyone had heard or used this site???
Hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving

Meryl Wright <merylwrightebooks@gmail.com> 
 

10:27 AM (4 hours ago)


Dear Victoria LK Williams,

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Writers' Cafe / Would love thoughts from the Blurb Gods
« on: November 17, 2015, 02:53:46 AM »
I'm getting ready to launch my newest book. This one is different for me. It is not a mystery and does have more christian tones to it. I would say it would fall in the category of Women's Literature.  You thoughts would be greatly appreciated  :)

 Sarah Skipton knew that her granddaughters needed a drastic change in their life, but would they be willing to accept her challenge? 

To leave behind a successful career and home was a lot to ask of anyone. But Paige and Rebecca agreed to a short-term trail and headed for their childhood home of Skipton. There they would take over the family business and Sarahs dreams for the old train station.

Soon the sisters find themselves embraced by the small town and caught up in the plans for Skipton Stations future. New friendships are formed as the women become more involved-from the towns Christmas plans to the blow that pulls them into a longstanding feud between 2 families.

Now Arriving is about more than a physical destination. To follow the path before them will mean accepting Gods plan for them. Follow as the sisters discover their true desires and arrive at their choices.


Thoughts????

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Writers' Cafe / Oh that time change!
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:29:49 PM »
 :'( It's only the second day into the day-light time change and I feel like one of those Zombies some of you write about! My system is so out of wack-Sunday I was woken at 5 am (it was actually 4am if the clock had not been turned back, but the cats have their own internal clock and we all must follow theirs!). By 6pm it was dark and my body was exhausted, so a quick nap. Not a good idea, because I was completely awake until 2:00am, or was it 3:00?
Tonight ready for bed by 8pm, but know better than hitting the sack and having a repeat of last nights late hours. This will go on for a few more days while my body and mind adjust.
And why do we still participate in this archaic ritual? It's not as if our kids have to go work the fields before they head off to that one room school!
Anyways, that's my vent. How do the rest of you cope?

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Writers' Cafe / Why November 1?!?!?!
« on: November 01, 2015, 08:01:17 PM »
 :o  Ok, I think I need my head examined! November is my busiest month of the whole year for my gardening business. And of course the 1st of the month is billing.
But did I let that hold me back? No, I went ahead and signed up for NaNaWriMo. I can't even get to think about writing until after 10pm. And that is if I can stay awake after a crazy day of installs and customer consultations. But I WILL DO IT.
But what I want to know is why Nov. above and beyond my personal busyness, it is the start of the holiday season. Which for most of us means a lot of extra work. Guests, parties, family traditions, etc. the list goes on.
Why not February when things slow down and many are huddled inside because of the cold. (It can get down in the 40's,lol)?
Ok, that's my vent, I've let out the steam-now its time to go work on my word count.
Oh, and by the way-I also released the next book today!
Crazy day!!

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